DCN Groups

DC Network has groups available to members. Some of these groups meet up, some are just for email contact and support, many are a mixture. On joining you will be sent details of all the groups and can join any that are nearby or relevant.  Don't forget to look out for the monthly "Meetups" bulletins with information about events.

Sub groups

We have a group for single women who would like to receive a regular bulletin on single women issues. We also have a group for members who are thinking of using, or have used, a family member as a donor. We have many other sub groups and can arrange to put you in touch with other people in similar circumstances.

Local groups and meetups

As contact with others can be so helpful we have many volunteers who coordinate local groups around the UK. To see what groups are currently active see the information below or join to receive the full details. If you can't see a group and would like information about starting one please get in touch with the office on dcngroups@dcnetwork.org. We have members all over the UK so there may well be others who would love to attend meetings in their area.

E-groups

We are doing more work to connect people in areas where there are no local meetups. We currently have e-groups running in various parts of the country. You might want to start an e-group in your area or join an existing one.

 

Groups currently running*:

NON- GEOGRAPHICAL GROUPS

   
Single women's group Single women We have over 700 single women in the network. This group meets annually for a picnic in London. You receive a contact list and can opt to also connect through a secret Facebook page (non-DCN)
Gay women's group Single women and couples

Meet annually for a picnic

Gay single women's group has a Whatsap and E-group

NORTH & SCOTLAND

   
Leeds / North Yorkshire
General

Meets every season for a summer picnic / camping and a winter party – includes single and couple members.

Manchester General

Currently running as an e-group

North East General

Meetups happen 2-3 times a year usually family gatherings in locations across the region.

North West – Covering Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas. Single women A group for Single women and Solo mums, from across the North West of England. They meet regularly either at a park, someone’s home or a place where the children can play.
Sheffield General

Meet twice annually for family gatherings, spring and summer

Scotland General Meets twice a year at a leisure centre in Dunfermline, a crèche for the children and sporting activities for primary age children while the adults chat. Also have a summer bbq/picnic
Scotland Single women Regular meetings every 3 months usually in Edinburgh & Glasgow. A group which includes thinkers, triers and mums with children aged from babies to beyond.  

MIDLANDS & WALES

   
Nottinghamshire / East Midlands General Meets regularly for evening discussion groups and family gatherings. Join the secret Facebook group if you like, by emailing the coordinators.
West Midlands & Warwickshire General Regular meetings throughout the year, at various locations within the West Midlands. Family and social gatherings as well as discussions.
West Midlands & Warwickshire Single women Group formed in early 2017, keen to offer more single women/solo mums in the area the chance to meet others. Regular dates set throughout the year.
Wales General

Vacancy for group coordinator. Running an e-group in Cardiff area

EAST

   
Cambridgeshire Single women

Group launched 2017 welcoming solo mums and single women on the journey.

East Anglia General Meets regularly for family gatherings and occasional discussion groups in the pub. Mostly meets in Norwich and the surrounding area.
Essex General Meets regularly for family gatherings and occasional discussion groups in the pub. Mostly meets in Norwich and the surrounding area.
Norfolk Single women

Norfolk based members can join this group.

Suffolk group can get in touch for an e-group as the formal group is currently not running in this area.

SOUTH EAST

   
Berkshire Single women

Group for single women and solo mums in the region to meet up.

Hertfordshire General

Currently seeking a new coordinator to take on this group. We have a number of e-groups running in this area.

Kent General Meetings throughout the year, mainly family meetups. Geographical area changed each time on rotation so that they can try to cover the vast area of Kent! 
Kent Single women

Solo thinkers, triers, mums-to-be and mums from across the county. Open to thinkers/tryers and solo mums.

South East Single women This is a non-DCN group that roughly covers Berkshire, Surrey, Kent, Sussex & Hampshire and is a group for mums and mums to be who meet when possible. 
Surrey General

Currently seeking a new coordinator to take on this group. We have an e-group running in this area.

Sussex Single women

Group up and running again in 2018, please get in touch to hear more and also share your views on what you would like to see.

Sussex General

This is group relaunched 2018and holds family meetups and adult discussion groups,

Thames Valley General General group – open to all.  Ranging from thinkers and tryers to long-standing DCN members with near-adult offspring!  Meetings held four times a year, two evening meetups and two family picnics.
Thames Valley Single women

Aimed at thinkers & triers and mums of kids up to aged 10. Covering the Bucks, Berks, Oxon locations mainly.

LONDON

   

General groups

   

London East

General Meetups occur 2-3 times annuallly
London North General Our longest running group, holds regular evening discussion groups 3 x yearly and two annual events, a summer picnic and a winter party.
London South East General

Regular meetings with at least 2-3 yearly meetings including evening discussion groups and a summer picnic.

London South West General

This group currently runs a summer picnics/ and a winter meetup.

London West General

This group meets three or four times a year for evening discussion groups plus they organise a summer picnic.

SIngle women's groups

   
London – Thinkers & Triers – LG6 Single women

Single women Thinkers and Tryers, group currently meeting in Central London.

London – New babies 2018+ Single women

Pregnant or with a baby born 2018+

London  - New babies 2015+ LG7 Single women

A London group for solo mums of babies born 2015+ or pregnant women.

London  - New babies 2012+ Single women

A London group for solo mums of babies born 2012 onwards from any kind of donor conception in the London area.

London - Babies born 2002-2006 Single women

Mums of children born from c2002 to 2006.

SOUTH WEST & WEST ENGLAND

   
Bristol General

Vacancy

Bristol Single women

External non-DCN group running

Devon and Cornwall Single women

New group for solo mums in Devon and Cornwall. Also welcome mums-to-be to offer some companionship, with 3 meetings planned a year in a central location.

Hampshire General This group has regular meetings 3-4 times yearly, with some coffee mornings and weekend family gatherings. Usually around the Winchester area.
Wiltshire General

This group has regular meetings up to 3 times a year. Open to all. Often meet in a large park for a walk and a chat.

Wiltshire/ Hampshire/ Dorset Single women

This is a group for solo mums, triers and thinkers in the Wiltshire / Hampshire/ Dorset area.  Dates set for the next year. All welcome.

Ireland & Northern Ireland

   
Ireland General Regional Irish group. Welcomes parents of DC children and those exploring or in treatment. The group meets regularly with family events and adult discussion groups.
Ireland Single women

This is currently set up as an e-group. You can also join the (non-DCN) Facebook group running for single women in Ireland.